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Bunalun coffee and cake

Every cafe in Dempsey Hill was packed to the gills yesterday so we escaped and made our way to Chip Bee opposite Holland Village for a cuppa. Bunalun is a small organic store specialising in organic grains, cereals and jams. It is the only place in Singapore I know off that sells organic brown basmati rice.

Even a year or 2 ago, it was pretty hard to find stores selling organic food, but now, even Cold Storage and Shop and Save have an organic section. With these big boys fighting for a slice in the organic market, I don’t know if stores like Bunalun, SuperNature and Four Seasons Organic Market will be able to withstand the competition.

One thing that Bunalun offers that the others don’t, is that within the Bunalun store itself sits a nice little cafe serving up all sorts of organic baked goods and coffee. When we arrived at 4pm yesterday, it was totally empty, although an ang moh lady subsequently came in after us. We ordered an organic banana tea cake and an organic flat white. 

Bunalun (2)Bunalun

Organic banana tea-cake about $4.50. Quite nice, but mine is better hehe.

Bunalun (3)   Organic Coffee about $5 – Very nice coffee. Strong and good tasting

Bunalun also serves an all day organic brunch menu, with items such as toasted crumpets, blueberry pancakes, brioche french toast, scrambled eggs and omelettes. The prices range from around $10 – $20…which seems reasonable given that the food is all organic.

 

Address : 43 Jalan Merah Saga, #01-70 Chip Bee Gardens, Singapore 278116 (Opposite Holland Village)

Telephone : 64720870

Fax:64792981

E-mail:chipbee@bunalun.com

Opening times :09.00-21.00 (Daily)

Pantry Magic

The Chip Bee area around Holland Village is a very nice place to spend a morning or an afternoon. You won’t be able to spot Chip Bee if you’re standing on exciting Holland Village side (it is blocked by 1 building), which is why Chip Bee has a laid back and lazy feel to the area.

I like coming to Chip Bee/Holland Village once in a while to look at the shops. When I was living in Holland Village, I loved strolling past all the 2 storey old houses that are also part of the Chip Bee area. There aren’t many shops at Chip Bee, but each of these shops holds enough interesting things that I can spend almost half an hour in the shop browsing through their wares.

The 1st stop is Pantry Magic. When I first saw their website with pictures of their shops, I knew at once I had to go there. Pantry Magic is like a dream come true for all baking and cooking enthusiasts. It houses so many different types of pots and pans, of every colour you would want. Ordinary things like forks, spoons, knives and chopsticks look so nicely designed that you feel that you just have to have them or your kitchen would not be complete.

And then there’s the cupcake holders made of silicone. They have funny faces on them. Who wants to buy silly old normal paper cupcake holders after this? They also have baking moulds, serving dishes, jugs, plates, bowls. They even sell barbecue grills, ice-cream makers and food-processors.

If you intend to go to Pantry Magic, be prepared to bring lots of money. The things don’t come cheap, not everything is worth the price-tag, and you could probably find cheaper generic (ugly) versions at NTUC or Phoon Huat. But what’s the fun of going to Pantry Magic if you’re going to emerge empty handed? Trust me, any cooking enthusiast young or old will not be able to resist. I wish Singapore had more of such cookware shops. I really could do with a bigger variety like the cavernous warehouse sized kitchen stores they have in the US.

Pantry Magic Singapore Front of Shop view

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